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Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries || September 5-6, 2014


September 7th, 2014 by mc64

Thanks so very much to Bruce Clarke, Don Pease, and everyone who attended the Symposium this weekend! We hope that you enjoyed your visit to Houston and Rice University, and that you had your fill of both good discussion and good food. Safe travels to those heading back home today.

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BRC 1003 Saturday

Detailed Conference Schedule [updated]

August 27th, 2014 by mc64

The PDF of the detailed schedule can be found here:

2014 English Graduate Symposium Program

If you have any questions about directions, parking, food, etc., please don’t hesitate to ask. Otherwise, we’ll see you in Houston!

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view from the BRC

Quick Updates

August 26th, 2014 by mc64

We now have a Twitter handle: follow us at @rice_symposium!

Also, just a reminder of how close the Hilton is to the BRC:

Hilton BRC proximity

Coming soon: a detailed schedule and room information.

See you all in just over a week! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Keynote Titles

August 13th, 2014 by mc64

With the symposium less than a month away, we are pleased to announce the titles of our two keynote talks:

Bruce Clarke, “Systemic Reentry and Narrative Form”

Donald Pease, “Between the Camp and the Commons: Rights of Bio-Political Passages in Douglass and Melville.”

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Coming soon: a finalized panel schedule and meal information. As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

Hotel Reservations

June 24th, 2014 by mc64


We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Hilton (Houston Plaza / Medical Center) at a reduced rate. Please book your room as soon as possible: this special rate will be available until August 14th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Click here to reserve your room at the Hilton!

There are 10 “King” rooms (with one big bed) available, but there are also 5 “Double” rooms (with two small beds) available for any attendees who’d like to partner up and split the cost.

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The Hilton is literally next door to our conference venue (see the map below), and we’ll be inviting everyone to the Hilton’s bar and lounge on Saturday night to unwind after the panels .

look how close they are!

While there might be comparable room rates at other hotels further away, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this offer from the Hilton. Houston is a vast, sprawling city (the fourth largest in the U.S.): it is not particularly pedestrian-friendly, and there are few options for cheap public transportation. Why pay extra (for a rental car and parking) when you can stay across the street from the conference venue?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Keynote Speakers

June 18th, 2014 by mc64

We are very pleased to have Bruce Clarke of Texas Tech University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth University as our featured keynote speakers.

Call For Papers

April 10th, 2014 by mc64

DEADLINE EXTENDED: submissions now due June 15, 2014.

Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries

Rice University English Graduate Symposium

September 5-6, 2014

As we witness the rapidity with which various systems-theoretical approaches have begun to gain critical and literary currency, we would like to consider the relations among narrative, structure, and system.

The 2014 Rice University English Graduate Symposium welcomes individual and panel proposals that address any of the following topics as they relate to any and all forms of narrative across all time periods and disciplines:

American literature

American studies


art history


British literature

comparative literature

critical animal studies

critical race

cultural studies

ecocriticism and environmental studies

film studies

gender and sexuality



history of the book

literary and cultural theory


narrative theory



political economy/capitalism

postcolonial studies



religious studies

science studies

speculative realisms

systems theory

transnational studies

This year’s featured keynote speakers are Bruce Clarke of Texas Tech University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth University.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Individual paper proposals and panel proposals accompanied by an additional brief panel rationale will be accepted. The time allotted for each presentation is 20 minutes. Please email abstracts to rice.symposium@gmail.com as a Word document or PDF.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014. The conference committee will notify applicants by July 1, 2014. Authors accepted to the conference will receive further information regarding payment and travel arrangements. A $50 registration fee includes conference pack, meals, and libations.